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2017 AZ Awards winner

Aug 31st, 2017

On June 23, Azure honoured the winners of the 2017 AZ Awards at a lavish gala at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. Azure handed out trophies in recognition of outstanding achievement in 20 categories. 

The People’s Canopy is architecture for events and architecture as event. They areretractable canopies that can cycled by citizens, paraded through the city andexpanded over the length of entire streets, linking disconnected public space.

Following their debut in Preston, the People’s Canopies were featured in the 2015 Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, a music festival in Belgium, and an old town reviving program in Yantai. It will be presented at . Events were planned for the canopies but the public was also encouraged to engage inunexpected ways.

“There’s a phrase that I always like to say: people first, designers second. This project captures that idea to a T.” 
– Michael Vanderbyl

  • Awards ceremony
  • 2017 AZ Awards Trophy Designed by Philippe Malouin
  • AZURE